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March 15, 2017

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There’s just two weeks left to submit an application for the AICPA Standing Ovation Recognition Program. If you exhibit outstanding work in the information management and technology assurance space and think you're worthy of a "standing ovation" be sure to have a manager nominate you (or you can self-nominate) by March 31, 2017. You would be recognized at this year's inaugural AICPA ENGAGE Conference, June 12-15, 2017, in Las Vegas. If you're wondering if you meet the requirements, be sure to read the profile below on one of the past 19 recipients.

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If you want to understand how to respond to a data or network incident, plan on attending the “Cybersecurity for CPA’s: Incident Response” webcast, scheduled for April 3rd. Attendees will learn what an effective incident response plan looks like and what incident response plans were in place for some high profile breaches seen in the news. IMTA members and CITP credential holders receive an additional discount.

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“Anybody can be a victim of a cyberattack. Some of the top security companies in the world have been breached. It just shows that you have to be humble, you have to be prepared, and you can never get overconfident.” Continue reading this Journal of Accountancy online column, by IMTA Cybersecurity Task Force Co-chair Steve Ursillo Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA, and learn how education and effective governance can create an effective cybersecurity policy.

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This past June, at the AICPA honored 19 young CPAs for their contributions to the areas of information management and technology assurance with a Standing Ovation. One of the past recipients, Brent Reese, is a Partner at JD Shirley LLC. He has audit, compliance, and consulting experience. Brent's core business focuses on internal control and risk assessment - specifically SSAE 16/18 (SOC 1), SOC 2, and SOC 3 engagements.

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IMTA Podcasts

Have you tuned into the IMTA Podcast Webpage lately? There are several podcasts including “Self Service B&I”. In this podcast, IMTA Executive Committee member Terry Campbell discusses self-service business intelligence (SSBI) which represents the opportunity for CPAs to assist decision makers and analysts with decision support tools. SSBI tools are data-driven to improve evidence-based decision making by using currently available technology combined with the CPA’s business acumen of numbers and data to place the power of data and analytics in the hands of the users.

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